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Husker hoops hires graduate manager

August 12, 2018

The Nebraska men’s basketball team named Vince Fritz as its new graduate manager, the Huskers announced Friday.

Fritz fills the vacancy left by former Archbishop Bergan and Colorado State standout Wes Eikmeier, who recently completed his two-year run as graduate manager and is now entering law school.

Fritz comes to Nebraska after playing collegiately at NCAA Division II Missouri Southern for the past three seasons for under Kansas great Jeff Boschee. As a senior, Fritz played in 24 games as Missouri Southern went 20-10 in 2017-18, finished second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and reached the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

In his three seasons at the school, Fritz helped Missouri Southern to a combined 56-34 mark. He began his collegiate career at Sacred Heart (Connecticut) University, where he spent his freshman season.

In his role, Fritz will help in day-to-day operations of the Husker basketball program.

“I’m happy to add Vince to the staff,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a news release. “His credentials are terrific, looking at his high school background with his dad and his college experience with Kansas great Jeff Boschee. I think he will add a great deal to our program and work well with our players.”

A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Fritz prepped at Blue Valley Northwest High School, where he played for coach and father Ed Fritz. A four-year letterwinner, Vince Fritz was a two-time all-state performer who helped his team to a pair of state championships in Kansas. During his junior season, Blue Valley Northwest went 25-0 and finished ranked 19th nationally by USA Today. A two-time first-team Eastern Kansas League selection, Fritz finished as the third-leading scorer in school history. He also played football at BVN, earning all-league accolades as a punter and defensive back.

Fritz comes from an athletic family. His father, Ed, has more than 600 wins at the high school level in Kansas and has won four state titles since 2013 after playing at Baker University. His mother, Ann Costello, played collegiately at Nebraska from 1984-86, and has captured a trio of state titles at Blue Valley North. His uncle, Willie Fritz, is currently the head football coach at Tulane, while one grandfather, Vince Costello, is a member of the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame, and another, Harry Fritz, was a college football coach and executive director of the NAIA.

Vince, who will pursue his master’s in educational administration, received his undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern in 2018.

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